Australian band Cub Sport is much closer than most bands considering two of its members, Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield, have recently announced their marriage. With this being their first show in Austin, the band looked forward to enjoying many pastimes that Austinites enjoy such as going to Zilker and watching the bats.
Interview and story by Miles Eackles
Photos by Rachel Lai
Mohawk, the music venue right next door to Cheer Up Charlies, is a relatively small in size but has a big personality. Doubling as a bar and a concert venue, Mohawk opens up its doors to concertgoers under 18 at 8 p.m. As people started to gather in, a sense of camaraderie was felt among the crowd. People were talking about their favorite albums and songs and were also excited about their future music.
All of a sudden, the lights started to go dark and Cub Sport made their way onto the stage. They announced to the audience that it was their “first show in Austin”. This incentivized the crowd to become much louder. Playing songs primarily from their “Bats” album, the audience seemed to know every word that was coming out of Tim’s mouth.
After a few songs were played, a couple of slower, somber songs were performed. It was during this point that Tim dedicated these ballads to his husband Sam. “We both struggled with our sexuality and coming out for the longest time”, Tim confessed. You could hear the passion in his voice and see the endearment in his eyes. The audience, including myself, were almost brought to tears.
After the show, the entire band interacted with the audience at the merchandise table and was genuine with every person they got to talk to.
It’s rare to find artists that are humble and excited to meet their fans. Cub Sport defeats the stigma surrounding the stereotype of bratty and rude artists and continues to authentically show a love for the people who support them.
The following interview was conducted with Cub Sport band members and newlyweds Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.